Tania’s Guidebook to Worcester

Tania

Tania’s Guidebook to Worcester

Gym
Good gym, treadmills, swimming pool, massage. My roommate Glenn Pape has membership; gym has agreed that guest of property can use gym without Glenn accompanying at their daily rate,
Worcester Fitness
440 Grove Street
Good gym, treadmills, swimming pool, massage. My roommate Glenn Pape has membership; gym has agreed that guest of property can use gym without Glenn accompanying at their daily rate,
Great relief here! Ask for David, if available.
Worcester Physical Therapy Services, Inc.
30 Glennie Street
Great relief here! Ask for David, if available.
Nice way to stretch. They offer drop-ins for $35; a 4-pack for $129, and other options including an unlimited monthly option for $249. Check out clubpilates.com, Shrewsbury location and you'll likely find a club near your home too.
Club Pilates
193 Boston Turnpike
Nice way to stretch. They offer drop-ins for $35; a 4-pack for $129, and other options including an unlimited monthly option for $249. Check out clubpilates.com, Shrewsbury location and you'll likely find a club near your home too.
Gobinda Yoga Health. Classes here in person at First Unitarian Church typically. 6-7:30 pm; their usual space is Unity Hall. Park and enter via the upper State Street lot. You can sign up at https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=23058044 [copy and paste]. $5 or your donation.
First Unitarian Church
90 Main Street
Gobinda Yoga Health. Classes here in person at First Unitarian Church typically. 6-7:30 pm; their usual space is Unity Hall. Park and enter via the upper State Street lot. You can sign up at https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=23058044 [copy and paste]. $5 or your donation.
Just a mile away! 16,000 sq ft of climbing terrain, 42 feet of lead wall, 3,000 feet of bouldering, 68 stations; $25 day pass, classes too.
Central Rock Gym
299 Barber Avenue
Just a mile away! 16,000 sq ft of climbing terrain, 42 feet of lead wall, 3,000 feet of bouldering, 68 stations; $25 day pass, classes too.
Food scene
About a five minute drive; convenient for quick snacks; outside seating. [Glenn likes the egg and bacon sandwich (before 10:30) but not on brioche; instead ask for it on a toasted everything bagel, get it with two over easy eggs and gouda cheese.] Downside: coffee is never very hot. Good soups. Open every day of year Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Panera Bread
120 Gold Star Blvd
About a five minute drive; convenient for quick snacks; outside seating. [Glenn likes the egg and bacon sandwich (before 10:30) but not on brioche; instead ask for it on a toasted everything bagel, get it with two over easy eggs and gouda cheese.] Downside: coffee is never very hot. Good soups. Open every day of year Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Great lobster rolls, chowder, seafood! 10 minute drive. A little loud; vegan and GF options. Offer a fresh fish market too; pricey but fresh and it's close, 7 mins away.
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The Sole Proprietor
118 Highland Street
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Great lobster rolls, chowder, seafood! 10 minute drive. A little loud; vegan and GF options. Offer a fresh fish market too; pricey but fresh and it's close, 7 mins away.
Good food. Try the seafood tacos, risotto, steaks. Has outside seating. Atmosphere is nicely quiet; it's right next to Whole Foods in Shrewsbury, Club Pilates too.
Burtons Grill & Bar of Shrewsbury
193 Boston Turnpike
Good food. Try the seafood tacos, risotto, steaks. Has outside seating. Atmosphere is nicely quiet; it's right next to Whole Foods in Shrewsbury, Club Pilates too.
Always a good buy! 14 mins away, in Shrewsbury, in Quinsigamond Plaza. 'Total Wine & More" is feet away, as is Lakeside Bar & Grill, Chipotle, Gerrardo's Italian Bakery. Whole Foods is two minutes east on Route 9.
Trader Joe's
77 Boston Turnpike
Always a good buy! 14 mins away, in Shrewsbury, in Quinsigamond Plaza. 'Total Wine & More" is feet away, as is Lakeside Bar & Grill, Chipotle, Gerrardo's Italian Bakery. Whole Foods is two minutes east on Route 9.
Expensive but . . . Club Pilates is in same plaza, as is Burton's Grill. 4.8 miles away, about 11 mins
Whole Foods Market
193 Boston Turnpike
Expensive but . . . Club Pilates is in same plaza, as is Burton's Grill. 4.8 miles away, about 11 mins
Well known for its burgers -- most people would say that it has the best burgers in the city (brioche bun and Mac sauce -- it has veggie options too! [Wayback Burgers is also recommended for burgers, a little like Five Guys.] Other burger places are Dead Horse, Raplph's, Peppercorns.
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The Fix Burger Bar
108 Grove St
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Well known for its burgers -- most people would say that it has the best burgers in the city (brioche bun and Mac sauce -- it has veggie options too! [Wayback Burgers is also recommended for burgers, a little like Five Guys.] Other burger places are Dead Horse, Raplph's, Peppercorns.
On Shrewsbury Street on 'Restaurant Row' where there's 40+ eateries and pubs. It's not Florence but it's very good. Great for lunch. 7-10 minute drive; takes reservations; valet parking. A little expensive. Nice ambiance, romantic. Famous for their suckling pig dinner and Annual Pig Fest
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Via Italian Table
89 Shrewsbury Street
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On Shrewsbury Street on 'Restaurant Row' where there's 40+ eateries and pubs. It's not Florence but it's very good. Great for lunch. 7-10 minute drive; takes reservations; valet parking. A little expensive. Nice ambiance, romantic. Famous for their suckling pig dinner and Annual Pig Fest
University Park Farmer's Market: 9-Noon on Saturdays; a 15 minute drive; closed Sat near July 4th and Labor Day; starts mid June, ends first week of November. Check out more here: https://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/markets and https://bestfarmersmarkets.org/place/university-park-farmers-market-worcester-ma.html
965 Main St
965 Main Street
University Park Farmer's Market: 9-Noon on Saturdays; a 15 minute drive; closed Sat near July 4th and Labor Day; starts mid June, ends first week of November. Check out more here: https://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/markets and https://bestfarmersmarkets.org/place/university-park-farmers-market-worcester-ma.html
Great sushi place, also banana flambe. 14 minute drive. Outdoor seating available
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Baba Sushi
309 Park Avenue
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Great sushi place, also banana flambe. 14 minute drive. Outdoor seating available
Steakhouse, with plenty of seafood options, and some vegan and GF, Can't go wrong but pricey; on Restaurant Row on Shrewsbury Street
One Eleven Chop House
111 Shrewsbury Street
Steakhouse, with plenty of seafood options, and some vegan and GF, Can't go wrong but pricey; on Restaurant Row on Shrewsbury Street
This Italian restaurant is really good! I love the gnocchi. Diverse menu, there's something for everyone. Dinners only. Closed Mondays, 10 minutes on 290W
Mare E Monti
19 Wall St
This Italian restaurant is really good! I love the gnocchi. Diverse menu, there's something for everyone. Dinners only. Closed Mondays, 10 minutes on 290W
Wonderful tapas; 10 minute drive on 290W. Vegan/GF friendly; fun ambience; really good food.
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Bocado Tapas Wine Bar
82 Winter St
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Wonderful tapas; 10 minute drive on 290W. Vegan/GF friendly; fun ambience; really good food.
A little pricey, but it's SO CLOSE [1.8 miles; 6 min drive away]. Can get your City Yellow Trash bags here; FedEx drop off site. 14 W Boylston St.
Shaw's
14 W Boylston St
A little pricey, but it's SO CLOSE [1.8 miles; 6 min drive away]. Can get your City Yellow Trash bags here; FedEx drop off site. 14 W Boylston St.
Fully handmade artisan pasta, at the Worcester Public Market (Pasta Mani is the only thing open there on Tuesdays). For dinner or takeout, or just to buy the pasta to cook at home. If you eat here, it's unpretentious in a food court! Try the baby kale Caesar salad and tasting menu, which is very generous in its portions.Limited selection of wines and beers.
Pasta Mani
160 Green Street
Fully handmade artisan pasta, at the Worcester Public Market (Pasta Mani is the only thing open there on Tuesdays). For dinner or takeout, or just to buy the pasta to cook at home. If you eat here, it's unpretentious in a food court! Try the baby kale Caesar salad and tasting menu, which is very generous in its portions.Limited selection of wines and beers.
Fo breakfast, lunch, brunch; open 7 days/week; 8 am - 3 pm; French inspired; famous for their corned beef has and variations of Eggs Benedict with their yummy Hollandaise and lyonnaise potatoes (we're talking exquisitely cooked with butter and onions), Lox and bagels are delicious; Belgian waffles topped with Bananas Foster (!), crepes, beignets, mac and cheese, burgers, short ribs, alcoholic brunch drinks; take-out and dine-in; no outside seating; no reservations; be prepared to wait. OR order from Grubhub.
Altea's Eatery
259 Park Ave
Fo breakfast, lunch, brunch; open 7 days/week; 8 am - 3 pm; French inspired; famous for their corned beef has and variations of Eggs Benedict with their yummy Hollandaise and lyonnaise potatoes (we're talking exquisitely cooked with butter and onions), Lox and bagels are delicious; Belgian waffles topped with Bananas Foster (!), crepes, beignets, mac and cheese, burgers, short ribs, alcoholic brunch drinks; take-out and dine-in; no outside seating; no reservations; be prepared to wait. OR order from Grubhub.
Italian; can order through GrubHub [that's my only experience]; great gnocchi and manicotti; their pizza is unique and fantastic [a la Dino or Revenge and add eggplant and ricotta - out of this world], excellent gooey chocolate cake but their sandwiches are bready and mediocre. Dinner only
Dino's Restaurant
13 Lord Street
Italian; can order through GrubHub [that's my only experience]; great gnocchi and manicotti; their pizza is unique and fantastic [a la Dino or Revenge and add eggplant and ricotta - out of this world], excellent gooey chocolate cake but their sandwiches are bready and mediocre. Dinner only
Brazilian buffet, charged by the pound. Food is good not great, but good value. Nice for a quick bite; outside seating. Easy parking; nine mins away
Terra Brasilis Restaurant
480 Shrewsbury St
Brazilian buffet, charged by the pound. Food is good not great, but good value. Nice for a quick bite; outside seating. Easy parking; nine mins away
THE place to buy meat in Worcester; open seven days/week 9 am - 3:45 pm; widely considered best meat market in Worcester; also some Irish products; Deli is all Boars Head, which has a good reputation though healthier choices with 365 at Whole Foods or Applegate at Shaws.
Emerald Meats
347 Chandler Street
THE place to buy meat in Worcester; open seven days/week 9 am - 3:45 pm; widely considered best meat market in Worcester; also some Irish products; Deli is all Boars Head, which has a good reputation though healthier choices with 365 at Whole Foods or Applegate at Shaws.
Wonderful Italian bakery! Located in Shrewsbury's Quinsigamond Plaza, where you'll find Trader Joe's, Bollywood Grill, Lakeside Bar & Grill and 'Total Wine & More.' Max of 15 mins away; simple outside seating
Gerardo's Italian Bakery
339 West Boylston Street
Wonderful Italian bakery! Located in Shrewsbury's Quinsigamond Plaza, where you'll find Trader Joe's, Bollywood Grill, Lakeside Bar & Grill and 'Total Wine & More.' Max of 15 mins away; simple outside seating
What an amazing place! If you like Middle Eastern food -- labneh, hummus, schwarma -- come here. The food is super fresh, nicely spiced, prepared simply and so tasty. Though it's not apparent they serve alcohol. They have events -- look at their twitter, Instagram or Facebook. The restaurant's decor is quite plain, but don't be deceived: the food is delicious. You can buy hummus or labneh to bring home.
Beirut Bite
156 Shrewsbury Street
What an amazing place! If you like Middle Eastern food -- labneh, hummus, schwarma -- come here. The food is super fresh, nicely spiced, prepared simply and so tasty. Though it's not apparent they serve alcohol. They have events -- look at their twitter, Instagram or Facebook. The restaurant's decor is quite plain, but don't be deceived: the food is delicious. You can buy hummus or labneh to bring home.
Great pastries and sandwiches. Check out the churro croissant. Order holiday treats here. W Boylston St location is 6 min drive away.
Crust Bakeshop
1 West Boylston Street
Great pastries and sandwiches. Check out the churro croissant. Order holiday treats here. W Boylston St location is 6 min drive away.
Pretty good pizza (via Grubhub too), nice outdoor ambience.BUT on GrubHub you cannot edit to add cheese or other items; this is a drawback.
Antonio’s Pizza By The Slice Kitchen & Bar - Worcester
268 Chandler St
Pretty good pizza (via Grubhub too), nice outdoor ambience.BUT on GrubHub you cannot edit to add cheese or other items; this is a drawback.
Another excellent sushi restaurant AND hibachi about 8 miles away. Also steaks, chicken wings, insanely great egg rolls.
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Yama Zakura
369 W Main St
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Another excellent sushi restaurant AND hibachi about 8 miles away. Also steaks, chicken wings, insanely great egg rolls.
Great selection, right next to (10 yards) from Trader Joe's
Total Wine & More
87 Boston Worcester Turnpike
Great selection, right next to (10 yards) from Trader Joe's
Excellent food (also via Grub hub). People love their burritos and Chile rellenos; Glenn lives the shrimp quesadillas, quest dip (!) and fajitas . We've never been to restaurant, just ordered delivery.
El Patron Mexican Restaurant
192 Harding St
Excellent food (also via Grub hub). People love their burritos and Chile rellenos; Glenn lives the shrimp quesadillas, quest dip (!) and fajitas . We've never been to restaurant, just ordered delivery.
Right by Sole Proprietor, great pastries, ultra simple decor. From the bakery: "Awards include Best of The Knot Hall of Fame and Wedding Wire Bride's Choice. We use only premium, fresh all natural ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Our direct-trade premium coffees and espresso are brewed to high standards using micro-roasted single origin beans. We offer brewed-to-order pour overs and create our own chocolate sauce for all our mochas. Latte, cappuccino and espresso." Many vegan and gluten-free choices. Strawberry Snowflake cake is a favorite.
Bean Counter Bakery Cafe
270 Grove Street
Right by Sole Proprietor, great pastries, ultra simple decor. From the bakery: "Awards include Best of The Knot Hall of Fame and Wedding Wire Bride's Choice. We use only premium, fresh all natural ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Our direct-trade premium coffees and espresso are brewed to high standards using micro-roasted single origin beans. We offer brewed-to-order pour overs and create our own chocolate sauce for all our mochas. Latte, cappuccino and espresso." Many vegan and gluten-free choices. Strawberry Snowflake cake is a favorite.
Vietnamese -- and Worcester is known for its Vietnamese restaurants. 10 mins away; closed Tuesdays. Delivery through Door Dash. Known for soups. If you like it spicy get Sure Special with double pepper and a spoon of Sriracha.
Pho Sure
114 Boston Turnpike
Vietnamese -- and Worcester is known for its Vietnamese restaurants. 10 mins away; closed Tuesdays. Delivery through Door Dash. Known for soups. If you like it spicy get Sure Special with double pepper and a spoon of Sriracha.
One of the top pizza places in Worcester. Plus they have a varied menu that includes pastas (some GF), risotto, salmon, steak, chicken. Offer pasta classes now and then. Sometime 2 for 1 specials on Tuesdays. Outdoor seating; lunch and dinner.
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Volturno Pizza Napoletana
72 Shrewsbury Street
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One of the top pizza places in Worcester. Plus they have a varied menu that includes pastas (some GF), risotto, salmon, steak, chicken. Offer pasta classes now and then. Sometime 2 for 1 specials on Tuesdays. Outdoor seating; lunch and dinner.
The three best bakeries per reviews I've read are Birch Tree (3.8 miles; 7 mins), Wholly Cannoli (490 Grafton Street, 4.5 miles, 10 mins) and Bean Counter Bakery (113 Highland Street, 2.8 miles, 8 mins) As for eating there, many Birchtree reviews complain of long lines, slow service, Lous ambience. The knock on Wholly Cannoli is though they use great ingredients, much of their stuff is pre-frozen, so not everything is truly fresh. Bean Counter on Highland St is generally well received. To buy fresh bread, Birch Tree is an excellent choice.
Bircher Common
The three best bakeries per reviews I've read are Birch Tree (3.8 miles; 7 mins), Wholly Cannoli (490 Grafton Street, 4.5 miles, 10 mins) and Bean Counter Bakery (113 Highland Street, 2.8 miles, 8 mins) As for eating there, many Birchtree reviews complain of long lines, slow service, Lous ambience. The knock on Wholly Cannoli is though they use great ingredients, much of their stuff is pre-frozen, so not everything is truly fresh. Bean Counter on Highland St is generally well received. To buy fresh bread, Birch Tree is an excellent choice.
Entertainment
Check out what's playing -- beautifully renovated theater
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The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge Street
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Check out what's playing -- beautifully renovated theater
Cascade Falls Loop Trail: about a 20 minute drive; ~ 1.5 miles, moderate, features lake; kid- and dog-friendly; https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/massachusetts/cascade-falls-loop-trail?ref=result-card
135 Olean St
135 Olean Street
Cascade Falls Loop Trail: about a 20 minute drive; ~ 1.5 miles, moderate, features lake; kid- and dog-friendly; https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/massachusetts/cascade-falls-loop-trail?ref=result-card
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. About a 30 minute drive from Worcester; walking and bike trails, events; eventually this trail will connect downtown Worcester to Providence, RI; free admission; https://blackstoneheritagecorridor.org
670 Linwood Ave
670 Linwood Avenue
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. About a 30 minute drive from Worcester; walking and bike trails, events; eventually this trail will connect downtown Worcester to Providence, RI; free admission; https://blackstoneheritagecorridor.org
Always fun to go to a Worcester Red Sox (Woo Sox) game. There are also events: dog shows, Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival at Polar Park on October, Holy Cross Football all at the $160 million renovated (2021) stadium. Expected to host 125 events/year. Less than 4 miles away; 11 mins on 290W to Kelley Sq. In Canal District, a few blocks from Public Famers Market, Crompton Collective and more.
Polar Park Triple A Red Sox farm team
122 Madison Street
Always fun to go to a Worcester Red Sox (Woo Sox) game. There are also events: dog shows, Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival at Polar Park on October, Holy Cross Football all at the $160 million renovated (2021) stadium. Expected to host 125 events/year. Less than 4 miles away; 11 mins on 290W to Kelley Sq. In Canal District, a few blocks from Public Famers Market, Crompton Collective and more.
You'll find not only concerts but also arts- and business-related events here. Their organ concerts are legend.
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
You'll find not only concerts but also arts- and business-related events here. Their organ concerts are legend.
Just 18 mins away in Marlborough MA. From their website: "New England Sports Center is the largest ice sports venue for hockey, figure skating, and public skating in North America. We feature eight full size rinks, one 80' by 33' mini rink, and one studio rink. We provide an all-encompassing experience with our pro shop featuring expert skate sharpening, two quality restaurants with viewing to rinks, and a video arcade with the latest video games. We host over fifty events a year." Closer is Worcester's Fidelity Ice Arena with events as well as public skating.
New England Sports Center
121 Donald Lynch Blvd
Just 18 mins away in Marlborough MA. From their website: "New England Sports Center is the largest ice sports venue for hockey, figure skating, and public skating in North America. We feature eight full size rinks, one 80' by 33' mini rink, and one studio rink. We provide an all-encompassing experience with our pro shop featuring expert skate sharpening, two quality restaurants with viewing to rinks, and a video arcade with the latest video games. We host over fifty events a year." Closer is Worcester's Fidelity Ice Arena with events as well as public skating.
Worcester is known for its many esteemed colleges and universities: Clark, Worcester Polytechnic, Becker, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State. Check out their websites for events, some of which might be open to the public.
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester is known for its many esteemed colleges and universities: Clark, Worcester Polytechnic, Becker, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State. Check out their websites for events, some of which might be open to the public.
James Taylor is here 7/4/22. Lenox -- two hours away -- is the Berkshire Hills summer home for the Boston Symphony, including Boston Pops. Its "Seiji Ozawa Hall has been ranked one of the two Best Concert Halls in the U.S. built in the past 50 years, one of the four Best Concert Halls ever built in the U.S., and the 13th Best Concert Hall in the world. [Wikipedia]
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Tanglewood
297 West Street
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James Taylor is here 7/4/22. Lenox -- two hours away -- is the Berkshire Hills summer home for the Boston Symphony, including Boston Pops. Its "Seiji Ozawa Hall has been ranked one of the two Best Concert Halls in the U.S. built in the past 50 years, one of the four Best Concert Halls ever built in the U.S., and the 13th Best Concert Hall in the world. [Wikipedia]
What a wonderful find this Center is! They have a wonderful store -- gallery -- but also classes, online learning for both adults, teens and youth. Some classes are just a day, worth taking a look. So many. Check out their website also for events during your stay if you have any interest in crafts, metals, ceramics, glass, photography. -- they're outstanding. There are often exhibits at the Krikorian Gallery. It's a six minute drive away.
Worcester Center For Crafts
25 Sagamore Rd
What a wonderful find this Center is! They have a wonderful store -- gallery -- but also classes, online learning for both adults, teens and youth. Some classes are just a day, worth taking a look. So many. Check out their website also for events during your stay if you have any interest in crafts, metals, ceramics, glass, photography. -- they're outstanding. There are often exhibits at the Krikorian Gallery. It's a six minute drive away.
This looks like a lot of fun and gets good reviews on Yelp reviews mention the CSI room. Check out https://www.escapegamesworcester.com. "Escape Games Worcester is a real life, live action escape the room game that offers a fully interactive experience. You and your teammates are locked in a room with a mystery that needs to be solved before your time is up. Each of our games has a unique and suspenseful story-line, which will be revealed as you explore the room and search for clues. All clues, puzzles and riddles will ultimately lead you to the final mystery, which will hold the key that will allow you to escape.... Or will it? Can you work together to solve the mystery and escape the room?"
Escape Games Worcester
108 Grove Street
This looks like a lot of fun and gets good reviews on Yelp reviews mention the CSI room. Check out https://www.escapegamesworcester.com. "Escape Games Worcester is a real life, live action escape the room game that offers a fully interactive experience. You and your teammates are locked in a room with a mystery that needs to be solved before your time is up. Each of our games has a unique and suspenseful story-line, which will be revealed as you explore the room and search for clues. All clues, puzzles and riddles will ultimately lead you to the final mystery, which will hold the key that will allow you to escape.... Or will it? Can you work together to solve the mystery and escape the room?"
Summer (late April and beyond): Just 35 miles away. Ice Cream, Grill & Seafood. Outback Tap Shack, Country Store & Cafe, Mini Golf, Driving Range, Pitch & Putt, Grand Slam Batting Cages, Bumper Boats, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Olde Sawmill Arcade, Animal Adventures Westford Music Series. Go for the ice cream, stay for the fun. Somewhat expensive, crowded on weekends. Google it. Multiple locations but this location has the most activities.
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Kimball Farm Westford
400 Littleton Road
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Summer (late April and beyond): Just 35 miles away. Ice Cream, Grill & Seafood. Outback Tap Shack, Country Store & Cafe, Mini Golf, Driving Range, Pitch & Putt, Grand Slam Batting Cages, Bumper Boats, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Olde Sawmill Arcade, Animal Adventures Westford Music Series. Go for the ice cream, stay for the fun. Somewhat expensive, crowded on weekends. Google it. Multiple locations but this location has the most activities.
Dive bar with super limited menu (great meatball sandwiches), fun, distinctive vibe, live music, outdoor patio, offbeat, local favorite
Vincent's
49 Suffolk Street
Dive bar with super limited menu (great meatball sandwiches), fun, distinctive vibe, live music, outdoor patio, offbeat, local favorite
Neighborhoods
Worcester Public Market (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) is at heart of Canal District. Offers artisan foods, funky specialty shops, live music, restaurants, brewery. Lots more places nearby: http://thecanaldistrict.com/walking-map/. Check out Pasta Mani (which is open Tuesday 4 pm) for dinner and takeout; all their pasta is handmade artisan and changes all the time.
152 Green St
152 Green Street
Worcester Public Market (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) is at heart of Canal District. Offers artisan foods, funky specialty shops, live music, restaurants, brewery. Lots more places nearby: http://thecanaldistrict.com/walking-map/. Check out Pasta Mani (which is open Tuesday 4 pm) for dinner and takeout; all their pasta is handmade artisan and changes all the time.
Sightseeing
Mt Wachusett; ~ 30 min drive north on I-190; many Fall events, October Fest, Apple Fest, Kid Fest too, great scenery; hiking trails; of course skiing. Voted the most accessible ski resort in the East by SKI Magazine, #2 in grooming, #3 in snow, #1 in on-mountain food.
41 Mile Hill Rd
41 Mile Hill Road
Mt Wachusett; ~ 30 min drive north on I-190; many Fall events, October Fest, Apple Fest, Kid Fest too, great scenery; hiking trails; of course skiing. Voted the most accessible ski resort in the East by SKI Magazine, #2 in grooming, #3 in snow, #1 in on-mountain food.
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation -- hiking, nice views, 30 mins drive away; biking; parking fee only; https://www.mass.gov/locations/wachusett-mountain-state-reservation
345 Mountain Rd
345 Mountain Road
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation -- hiking, nice views, 30 mins drive away; biking; parking fee only; https://www.mass.gov/locations/wachusett-mountain-state-reservation
A nice park, especially for children. 12 minute drive. Cool ornate bridge, ducking geese pond, swings, walking paths, food trucks in summer, ice skating in winter. Often there are events here in summer. Check out events at https://allevents.in/worcester-ma/elm%20park?ref=eventlist-also-sugg
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Elm Park
284 Highland Street
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A nice park, especially for children. 12 minute drive. Cool ornate bridge, ducking geese pond, swings, walking paths, food trucks in summer, ice skating in winter. Often there are events here in summer. Check out events at https://allevents.in/worcester-ma/elm%20park?ref=eventlist-also-sugg
Just 15 mins away (7 miles), Tower Hill has 17 gardens over 171 acres. If you're here in the fall they have their 'Autumn Illuminated' show throughout October (Thursday through Sunday) where by day you can check out the fall colors and in the evening take a half mile stroll through lit-up trees and shrubs. See their calendar for other events throughout the year. https://www.towerhillbg.org
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Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
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Just 15 mins away (7 miles), Tower Hill has 17 gardens over 171 acres. If you're here in the fall they have their 'Autumn Illuminated' show throughout October (Thursday through Sunday) where by day you can check out the fall colors and in the evening take a half mile stroll through lit-up trees and shrubs. See their calendar for other events throughout the year. https://www.towerhillbg.org
This is a recreated New England Village in Sturbridge, MA, about 40 mins away. Especially good for children. Lots of antiquing opportunities nearby
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Old Sturbridge Village
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This is a recreated New England Village in Sturbridge, MA, about 40 mins away. Especially good for children. Lots of antiquing opportunities nearby
From the site "Let a visit to Walden Pond bring you back in time to the mid-1800's. Experience the connection with nature that inspired Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Enjoy a day of swimming, walking around the famous pond or boating out on the water. Also be sure to visit the replica of Thoreau's single-room cabin." 45-60 minutes drive northeast. Note: Parking fee for out-of-state license plates is $30 when we last checked; MA plates, $8. {can walk 1.5 miles from town of Concord to avoid; parking might not be available on holidays or busy times.] Swimming. Glenn found it inspirational to be here.
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Walden Pond State Reservation
915 Walden Street
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From the site "Let a visit to Walden Pond bring you back in time to the mid-1800's. Experience the connection with nature that inspired Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Enjoy a day of swimming, walking around the famous pond or boating out on the water. Also be sure to visit the replica of Thoreau's single-room cabin." 45-60 minutes drive northeast. Note: Parking fee for out-of-state license plates is $30 when we last checked; MA plates, $8. {can walk 1.5 miles from town of Concord to avoid; parking might not be available on holidays or busy times.] Swimming. Glenn found it inspirational to be here.
From Wikipedia: "Union Station's facilities include the Grand Hall, with original elliptical stained-glass ceilings, interior marble columns and mahogany wood trim, Luciano's Cotton Club, a 1920s gangster-themed restaurant, and the Union Station Parking Garage, which has 500 spaces and direct access to the station.[7] The Cannabis Control Commission established their state headquarters in Union Station in 2019." Just 12 mins away; with trains (and buses) to Boston and destinations west. Renovated in 2000, it's a beauty.
Union Station Grand Hall
2 Washington Square
From Wikipedia: "Union Station's facilities include the Grand Hall, with original elliptical stained-glass ceilings, interior marble columns and mahogany wood trim, Luciano's Cotton Club, a 1920s gangster-themed restaurant, and the Union Station Parking Garage, which has 500 spaces and direct access to the station.[7] The Cannabis Control Commission established their state headquarters in Union Station in 2019." Just 12 mins away; with trains (and buses) to Boston and destinations west. Renovated in 2000, it's a beauty.
Take a walking tour of public art in Worcester. Did you know the monkey wrench was invented in Worcester in 1840? Well, you can see "The Wrench Bench" on your walking tour downtown. Start at the Hanover Theater and walk from there. Go here to see public art: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1-joB5Q-UYDrNhkOFZChXopfRgXU&ll=42.261607617582484%2C-71.8029311135625&z=16 Check out http://www.worcesterma.gov/cultural-development/cultural-projects/public-art
Hanover Theatre Mural
30 Portland St
Take a walking tour of public art in Worcester. Did you know the monkey wrench was invented in Worcester in 1840? Well, you can see "The Wrench Bench" on your walking tour downtown. Start at the Hanover Theater and walk from there. Go here to see public art: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1-joB5Q-UYDrNhkOFZChXopfRgXU&ll=42.261607617582484%2C-71.8029311135625&z=16 Check out http://www.worcesterma.gov/cultural-development/cultural-projects/public-art
From Roman tiles, a French Medieval Chapter House, European, American, Asian artists -- incredible diversity, El Greco, Monet, Gaugin, this is a must visit. You'll appreciate the informative descriptions . Just 2.5 miles away, six minutes in perfect traffic.
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Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
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From Roman tiles, a French Medieval Chapter House, European, American, Asian artists -- incredible diversity, El Greco, Monet, Gaugin, this is a must visit. You'll appreciate the informative descriptions . Just 2.5 miles away, six minutes in perfect traffic.
Shopping
In Canal District, across from Public Market, one of many stores with local, artisan products, gifts, home decor. Fun area to walk around and shop or just look. [I like 'Seed to Stem' better, which is just feet away, but Crompton Collective is a local favorite.]
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Crompton Collective
138 Green St
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In Canal District, across from Public Market, one of many stores with local, artisan products, gifts, home decor. Fun area to walk around and shop or just look. [I like 'Seed to Stem' better, which is just feet away, but Crompton Collective is a local favorite.]
This is The ProFound Market, a group of female entrepreneurs who curate vintage and handmade goods. They have two outdoor markets a year, in June and September, and an indoor holiday market where you can see more than a hundred vendors in nearby (20 minutes) Holden MA. Check out their events and site at https://theprofoundmarket.com/about Check out Kanda candles!
2415 Main St
2415 Main Street
This is The ProFound Market, a group of female entrepreneurs who curate vintage and handmade goods. They have two outdoor markets a year, in June and September, and an indoor holiday market where you can see more than a hundred vendors in nearby (20 minutes) Holden MA. Check out their events and site at https://theprofoundmarket.com/about Check out Kanda candles!
The Brimfield antiques flea market is really world famous. It's an hour's drive away. They have six day events, Tuesday through Sunday, in May, July and September. Check out their site: https://brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com. Travel channel rated it #1 antique show in US.
Flea Market Information
21 Main Street
The Brimfield antiques flea market is really world famous. It's an hour's drive away. They have six day events, Tuesday through Sunday, in May, July and September. Check out their site: https://brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com. Travel channel rated it #1 antique show in US.
33 mins away. 199 stores including Apple, Abercrombie, J. Crew, Nordstrom, Williams Sonoma, and restaurants like P.F. Changs, Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen.
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Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street
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33 mins away. 199 stores including Apple, Abercrombie, J. Crew, Nordstrom, Williams Sonoma, and restaurants like P.F. Changs, Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen.
This place is fantastic! They have amazing plants you can buy but also burnables like sage and incense, antiques, wall decor, crystals and more. Check out their web site. You're in the Canal District here, so plenty of shopping and food choices nearby.
Seed To Stem
138 Green St
This place is fantastic! They have amazing plants you can buy but also burnables like sage and incense, antiques, wall decor, crystals and more. Check out their web site. You're in the Canal District here, so plenty of shopping and food choices nearby.
Outdoors
Great hiking (snowmobiling and cross country in winter), picnic areas and grills.
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Douglas State Forest
107 Wallum Lake Rd
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Great hiking (snowmobiling and cross country in winter), picnic areas and grills.
Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, "with more than 400 acres cooperatively managed or owned by Mass Audubon. Interpretive signs will guide you along well-marked trails through woods, fields, streams, and marsh. " There's snow-shoe-ing in winter with five miles of well-marked trails (snow shoes for rent). Be sure to look at their program and events, like their Friday early morning bird walks ($10; need to pre-register), night walks and online classes
Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Restriction
Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, "with more than 400 acres cooperatively managed or owned by Mass Audubon. Interpretive signs will guide you along well-marked trails through woods, fields, streams, and marsh. " There's snow-shoe-ing in winter with five miles of well-marked trails (snow shoes for rent). Be sure to look at their program and events, like their Friday early morning bird walks ($10; need to pre-register), night walks and online classes
Whitewater rafting at Deerfield River with four courses ranging from I-II, to III-IV. Or at Millers River. This is a LOT of fun. Kids too if age 15+. A 90 minute drive away, and a beautiful drive at that! Allow time before to go to village of Shelburne Falls. Have breakfast/lunch at 'Baked' [closes at 2, opens at 9]. Walk the Bridge of Flowers. Visit artisanal and antique shops. You might even want to get an overnight place and make a few days of the adventure. Consider Zoar Outdoor Adventure Resort as alternative or in addition: kayak rentals, bicycling.
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Crab Apple Whitewater Inc
2056 Mohawk Trail
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Whitewater rafting at Deerfield River with four courses ranging from I-II, to III-IV. Or at Millers River. This is a LOT of fun. Kids too if age 15+. A 90 minute drive away, and a beautiful drive at that! Allow time before to go to village of Shelburne Falls. Have breakfast/lunch at 'Baked' [closes at 2, opens at 9]. Walk the Bridge of Flowers. Visit artisanal and antique shops. You might even want to get an overnight place and make a few days of the adventure. Consider Zoar Outdoor Adventure Resort as alternative or in addition: kayak rentals, bicycling.
This looks like a blast! Just 14 minutes away. Haven't been there YET. Copy and paste: https://www.discovercentralma.org/profile/ski-ward-ski-area-2/ or skyward.com
Ski Ward Ski Area
1000 Main Street
This looks like a blast! Just 14 minutes away. Haven't been there YET. Copy and paste: https://www.discovercentralma.org/profile/ski-ward-ski-area-2/ or skyward.com
Great snowmobiling here! Important: They offer (fee) a tour guide, which is strongly recommended if you haven't snowmobiles before because you can get trapped if the snowmobile veers off course. 603-374-6000. 3 hour drive; you might want to get an Airbnb nearby and stay the night to split up the driving.
Mt Washington Snowmobile Rentals
Great snowmobiling here! Important: They offer (fee) a tour guide, which is strongly recommended if you haven't snowmobiles before because you can get trapped if the snowmobile veers off course. 603-374-6000. 3 hour drive; you might want to get an Airbnb nearby and stay the night to split up the driving.
Another great snowmobiling place that offers tour guides; three hours away. Consider renting Airbnb nearby to split up driving. 603-367-7021
Sweet Ride Snowmobiles
318 Maple Grove Road
Another great snowmobiling place that offers tour guides; three hours away. Consider renting Airbnb nearby to split up driving. 603-367-7021
Offer snowmobile and electric bike rentals. No tour guide here, so you're on your own. For experienced snowmobilers only
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Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals
325 Main St
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Offer snowmobile and electric bike rentals. No tour guide here, so you're on your own. For experienced snowmobilers only
Snowmobiling without tour guides, for experienced snowmobilers only.
SledVentures Snowmobile rental
514 U.S. 3
Snowmobiling without tour guides, for experienced snowmobilers only.
Just 12 miles away; dog-friendly, great trails, beautiful!
Moore State Park
1 Sawmill Rd
Just 12 miles away; dog-friendly, great trails, beautiful!
Great and challenging hiking, climbing. Just under 30 minutes away, 16 miles
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Purgatory Chasm
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Great and challenging hiking, climbing. Just under 30 minutes away, 16 miles
Picturesque, water sounds from babbling brook, pretty flat, six miles of common trails, quiet, dog friendly, running, walking, biking, nicely shaded, wide path, not buggy, good parking.
Rail Trail
16 Foster Street
Picturesque, water sounds from babbling brook, pretty flat, six miles of common trails, quiet, dog friendly, running, walking, biking, nicely shaded, wide path, not buggy, good parking.
Can rent kayaks, paddle boards, paddleboats, row boats, and more. Classes, social activities. They say, if you can learn to sail on Lake Quinsigamond, you can sail anywhere. Because it's long and narrow you get a mixed bag of all kinds of wind conditions.
Regatta Point Community Sailing
10 N Lake Ave
Can rent kayaks, paddle boards, paddleboats, row boats, and more. Classes, social activities. They say, if you can learn to sail on Lake Quinsigamond, you can sail anywhere. Because it's long and narrow you get a mixed bag of all kinds of wind conditions.
This is an aerial adventure park with nine courses include over 90 rope bridges, 16 ziplines and "3 leaps of faith". 12 miles away; 25 min max drive
Boundless Adventures Zipline and Aerial Park
154 River Road West
This is an aerial adventure park with nine courses include over 90 rope bridges, 16 ziplines and "3 leaps of faith". 12 miles away; 25 min max drive